The other day I deleted my Google+ account when I realized I did not remember the last time I looked at it and it had been at least a week or two. Then I thought about it, and decided while I was at it, I should delete my Twitter account since it had been at least a month since I last looked at that. I suppose there really is only room enough in my life for one social network, FaceBook seems to be the default and I don’t think that is going to change anytime soon.
As a side note, this morning while surfing the web I came across this tidbit on Slashdot which is a discussion about Google+ being an identity service and the social network is just a side line. It included two links of interest.
This week (August 25th to be exact) was the 20th anniversary of the Linux operating system. I started experimenting with Linux sometime in 1992. My first exposure to it was accidental. I bought on of those CD’s full of shareware programs and on the disc was 2 floppy images you could make Linux boot floppies from. The idea of having my very own Unix box at home was appealing to me, after all, Unix was an extremely powerful OS, especially when compared to DOS. Unfortunately there was no way to install it to my hard drive, so I occasionally would pull out the floppies and mess around with it.
Then in 1993 I came across my first Linux distribution, Yggdrasil Linux and at this point, PezWitch and I had decided we could not co-exist on the same computer so there was nothing stopping me from installing on my own system. From that point, I dual booted between Linux and DOS/Windows. In early 1998, I realized I had not booted into my windows install for 3 months and decided to recover the lost hard drive space and started using Linux full time. At some point between 1993 and 1998, I moved from Yggdrasil to Slackware Linux and in my transition to using Linux full time I switched to using RedHat. It was also at this time that I started experimenting with Beowulf clusters and at one point I had a node cluster of old 486′s chugging away, before I got tired of paying for the power consumption and tore it all down. My last big transition came in 2004 when Ubuntu Linux hit the scene.
In the late 90′s and early 00′s, I also penned a couple of articles for the Linux Gazette.All of these articles are now obsolete, but at the time were much needed human readable documentation. I link to them here only for historical curiosity, please don’t try to use any of them and if you do, please do not email me complaining it does not work, I will simply laugh at you and mock your n00b ways.
Building a Secure Gateway Part I: http://linuxgazette.net/issue54/stoddard.html
Building a Secure Gateway Part II: http://linuxgazette.net/issue55/stoddard.html
CD Writing with an ATAPI CDR: http://linuxgazette.net/issue57/stoddard.html
DVD Authoring: http://linuxgazette.net/issue83/stoddard.html
Every generation has a subculture of ne’erdowells who spend their 20 somethings smoking dope, fucking and generally having more fun than everyone else. We have called them Bohemians, Hippies, Slackers and Hipsters. Society tends to hate these people because supposedly they are lazy, undisciplined, unfocused and smell bad. I personally think society hates them because they are generally having more fun than we are.
I freely admit in the 80′s I was a GenX Slacker in Bozeman Montana. I worked a series of dead end jobs to finance the stuff I really wanted to be doing. Back then I had tons of time on my hands, but not much money. Today, I have enough money, but not nearly enough time to do the things I really want to do. I miss that time of my life, it was sandwiched between High School, which I hated and going into the Army and getting “Serious” about my life. Since then, I have had a lot of good years, I have travelled the world, met tons of people and drank the water in places that would make my doctor cringe and I would not trade those experiences for the world. However, those years in Bozeman, were arguably the happiest of my life. Personally, I think I’d like to spend less time working and more time living.
Over on Facebook there is a new group called “You know you are from Billings when..”, for the most part this group has been less than amusing. However, the other day the discussion of Hookey Bobbing came up. Hookey Bobbing is when, during the winter and all the roads were covered with snow and ice, we would grab the bumper of a car while it was stopped at a light and then let the car pull us along, often at speeds of 35 miles an hour or greater. As tremendously stupid as this sounds it was the primary mode of transportation to school during the winter for teenagers not yet old enough to own a car. The pit falls of Hookey Bobbing are obvious, hit a bare spot of pavement and if you were lucky, you lost soles of your boots, if you were not lucky, you ended up with a dislocated shoulder. Sudden stops by the car usually meant a black eye or broken nose and speed dips or speed bumps usually sent you flying into the nearest wall, telephone pole or mail box. Sometimes I am truly amazed that I survived my childhood.
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30 years ago today IBM launched the personal computer revolution by releasing the very first IBM PC. The machine was a whooping 4.77 Mhz and contained at its maximum, 256KB of RAM, today my toaster has more computing power than that.
While we mock this machine today, it marked the move of computers from government black sites and university laboratories into homes and small business’s everywhere and laid the ground work for the rise of the Internet a decade later.